Pakistan can’t take decisions for you, Qureshi tells Ghani
Statesman Report
ISLAMABAD: Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi has said Pakistan has played the role it had to play in the Afghan peace process, now it was up to the people of the country to decide their future.
“Pakistan has always been in favour of peace,” Qureshi told BBC Urdu in an interview. “Now it is up to the people of Afghanistan to decide what they want to do. They need to decide what they want to do about their future and what country do they want.”
The foreign minister also dismissed reports of Pakistan meddling in the country’s affairs. “Pakistan does not want to interfere in Afghanistan’s internal matters. We just want good relations with them,” he said.
When asked what Pakistan think of an inclusive government in Afghanistan, the foreign minister said, “If you want peace, there is no other way other than an inclusive government. The more you take people together, the better it would be. I hope the setup in the future is more inclusive.”
Speaking about the issue of prisoners release between the Afghan government and Taliban, Qureshi said, “Prisoner exchanges have also happened in the past. If releasing the prisoners helps in making the environment more conducive, then I think President Ashraf Ghani should think about this decision openheartedly.”
He continued, “I am confident President Ghani will keep Afghanistan’s interests and peace. I also know that the Americans have been keeping him in the loop with all the developments.”